Outlook.com Pulls Files From Google Drive, Grabs Facebook Photos
Microsoft updates its web-based email client, allowing users to attach files stored on Google Drive and attach pictures from Facebook.The Outlook apps for iOS and Android already feature Google Drive support, enabling users to access their files on the cloud storage service. This week, Microsoft announced that it was extending similar functionality to Outlook.com. Users of Hotmail's successor can now link their Google Drive accounts by selecting the option under the Attachment menu icon. After entering their Google account details, they can browse and select the files they wish to use as message attachments. Outlook.com offers users similar integrations with Box and Dropbox, and, of course, Microsoft's own OneDrive cloud file storage, sync and share service. Taking matters a step further, Microsoft has added the ability to edit Google file types within the same Outlook.com browser tab. "Now, when you receive a Google Doc, Slide or Sheet, you can open the file within Outlook," announced the Microsoft Outlook group in a Sept. 15 announcement. Previously, clicking a URL that pointed to a Google-hosted file would cause it to open in a separate tab.
"Just like photos and Office file types, the Google files open in Outlook next to your message window so your work flow is not disrupted. And, as with Google Drive links, if you have edit permissions, you'll be able to edit using the full functionality available on Google Drive—again, all without leaving Outlook," added the company's staffers.